Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy

Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy
dropping petals... one by one.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Indian Influences

Hard to believe that it's almost been a year since we landed in Delhi. Funny to think of all we've done this year.

As we've started to grow roots in our new home, I'm finding I've sprouted an affinity towards all things Indian. I drool at the thought of the mixture of bright colors spun with gold threads and lots of gorgeous, silky fabrics, big comfy pillows and gauzy trims. I'm trying to gather a bunch of eye candy to inspire my home decorating. We'll see how my ideas translate to our rooms!
We've basically got a blank slate for our home. Our Master bedroom is very butter yellow right now and is making me a little sick to my stomach. I would really like to put an Asian Indian touch to it. We've acquired a beautiful silk, 12' x 12', rug that fits well in our bedroom (generously from my in-laws). It's a good place to start. It carries a lot of reds and blues, but I'm having a tough time finding a wall color.

Also, on our trip we acquired this beautiful hand crafted, mirrored bedspread. I made the tufted bolsters by the headboard, but I think I need loads more sari-like pillows. Any suggestions?

Here are just a few room I lust for:
Even though this room is very monochromatic, I love its vivaciousness.
Sparse, yet soooo beautiful. Very modern, yet old world./

Again, monochromatic but a thoroughly gorgeous red.

I think the bedspread and pillows would really accentuate the exotic.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


The other day, my girls and I were talking about "inspiration"... Things that move us and make us want to create, sculpt, write, run. The things we come across in our daily lives that may trivial and unnoticed by others, but hold a special place for us.

It made me think about the things that made me hum...
  • Idea Books. I was given a beautiful empty journal with thick card stock pages and that was the beginning of the end. I cut, tear and rip out photos, magazine articles, draw, trace and make photocopies of unique things. Now, three overstuffed Idea Books later, if I ever get into a creative rut, I reference my personal inspiration books. My girls love paging through the journals, taking in all the sketches, pictures and eye popping colors.

  • I surround myself with pictures while I work. I cram as much as I can on my bulletin boards. These look neat, because we just moved and I haven't had the time to mess it up yet!

  • I get inspired by others that have gone before me. Below is a collection of my grandmothers Bridge cards she hand made for her girlfriends for their rousting games of bridge. I also have bits of her crochet work, her favorite yarn and old knitting needles. She definitely help to plant the seed of creativity in me. (That's a picture of my mother in her wedding dress with my grandma - she looks stunning!)

  • I love repetition in objects. I love making statements with things... big or subtle.

  • I love shiny metal and sparkly gems. It doesn't matter if it is gold or silver, I just like it bright and pretty. I picked this chandelier at Ikea and always have it hanging over my work space. It makes me feel very grown up and sophisticated... in a make-believe sort-of-way.

  • And lastly, I completely surround myself in color. I was picking through my bobbins today and thought this collection of spools looked so cute. The colorful collection makes you want to try experimenting with all sorts of new combinations.